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The “Pottering Artist” - Charlie’s story so far

Charlie Mahon is an award-winning Irish Ceramic Artist and Potter. He creates signature pottery collections in his studio in Little Island, Cork. Every item - each platter, bowl, mug or ramekin - is individually hand thrown and hand painted, and signed by Charlie.
Art and pottery are his passions – he combines them to create his warm and personality-filled pieces of ceramic art.  Charlie’s love of ceramics started in his childhood with his grandmother’s dresser, filled with gold filigree ceramics from the Georgian Period.  He inherited his creativity from his grandmother and his mother, who owned a flower shop. She inspired in him a love of all things handmade; treasured crafts which are infused with personality and creative expression.  His distinctive style is very recognisable and memorable for exactly that and her influence lives on in his work.
Charlie studied art in Limerick in the 1980’s. He followed with sculpture in Crawford College of Art in Cork and won a scholarship to study ceramics at the University of Mississippi.  This was an exciting time for Charlie, sealing his calling as an artist and a ceramist. Returning to Ireland, Charlie built his skills by working in renowned potteries such as Irish Country Pottery, Stephen Pearce and Carrigaline Pottery.
He set out on his own business venture with Island Pottery in 2003. Unfortunately the Financial Crisis in 2008 was too much for a small handcraft business to weather. Since then Charlie’s career has had dual strands as a support worker and ceramic artist.  
In 2017 Charlie had the idea of creating artistic platters and bowls that complement your table. He has really enjoyed developing his ideas with his beautiful depiction of the traditional irish mackerel, then the 'Gra' Heart and the 'Witty' Sheep... and building his brand with the help of his partner and wife Elmarie - aka Ellie, who oversees the administration and sales side of the business.
A lot has changed since the ceramics in his grandmothers dresser caught the imagination of young Charlie. His ceramic art work is less formal that those gilded figurines but will create equally inspiring memories for others.

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